German Court Tells Facebook Not to Block a User

Star lawyer Joachim Steinhöfel took a few legal cases pro bono to tackle Facebook’s rampant user abuse in Germany. One of them has now been successful. The basis of the law suit is that Facebook makes a contract with the client: In exchange for using personal data to provide targeted advertising, the user is granted a platform. If he abides by the predefined terms of service, the community guidelines, he has a right to be served unabridged.

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Frank Bruni Interviews “Former Trumper” Ann Coulter

It is almost silly how often my and her views coincide.

Some of the Missiles on Syria were Intercepted

It appears that the entire Syria sabre rattling was about appeasing the Russiophobic left. According to the Russians the missiles did not hurt anybody and video shows that most of them were intercepted. My guess is that they were not even supposed to hit something. A strike against Syria would have been very unpopular.

It still reminds us of some larger questions: Aren’t weapons, chemical ones and others, morally neutral anyway? Do we want a world police to enforce international law? If we don’t want law enforcement, how can we want international law?

This is particularly tricky for the atheist left who have built their moral system on high authorities such as the UN or the international law. They simultaneously complain about these rules being violated and also about Western forces punishing transgressors.

Hungary Election Results

 

Fidesz-KDNP 2 824 206 votes 134 seats
Jobbik 1 092 669 votes 26 seats
Hungarian Socialist Party  682 602 20 seats
LMP (leftist greens) 404 425 8 seats
DK (ex-PM Gyurcsány’s extremist left-liberals) 308 068 9 seats

John O’Sullivan, the president of the Budapest-base conservative-classical liberal Danube Institute and a director of the Washington think-tank, 21st Century Initiatives, analysed very well why Fidesz-KDNP could achieve what hardly anybody had expected: a third landslide victory, that is yet another super-majority.

via A week after — Politics in Hungary

The Trojan Horse of Dresden

The following text is a translation of this article which was first published on the blog of Vera Lengsfeld.

Dresden has hit the news in 2016 when, at the city center in front of the church Frauenkirche, three junk buses [note: brought in from Aleppo] were erected by German Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni. They were intended as a reminder against war and terror of the buses which served in Aleppo to protect them from snipers.

Unfortunately, the supporters had overlooked that the original buses were  bore the images of a flag. It was the flag of the “Ahrar-ash-Sham”, which was classified as a terrorist association by the Verfassungsschutz intelligence agency and according to the think tank Science and Politics belonged to the “Islamist-Salafist spectrum”. The artist did not care about this when he had to take note of it. Not only did the city pay an unknown sum of money for the questionable monument, it did not intervene when oil spilled from one of the buses and contaminated the concrete base. At that time there was also nothing to be heard of a criticism by the Dresden artist association Atticus.

This is different now for the new art installation, which does not cost Dresden a dime, has no questionable backgrounds and does not contaminate anything.

We are talking about the “Trojan Horse”, which was set up in front of the Palace of Culture on Friday evening. The work was set up by the association “Pro Participation” (German: ProMitsprache) and the group “Art is free”. The makers see it as a fitting reminder “for what makes us move and worry”.

In the myth, the Trojans drag into the city the horse left behind by the Greeks on the beach. They did so against divine warnings and went to sleep without worries. At night, the hidden Greek soldiers come out of it and destroy the city.

The association Atticus, who was unconcerned with the lighted Islamist symbolism of the junk busses, sees in the horse a “creeping attack on the basic values ​​of our democracy under the disguise of love for country and freedom”.
The criticism is not directed against what the initiators have said, but to what they have put into their mouths.

The group “Art is free” wrote: “We want to place our artwork … in the series of art installations initiated by the Dresden city center. Controversial. Thought-provoking. Heart-felt.  What really moves our Dresden citizens. We want to be an equal part of a public discourse. We want to live in peace in this city, in this country with all those who value our culture and our faith. “

In spite of heavy rain, the Dresdeners participated in the inauguration of the 500 kilo and 5 meter high work of art. May it stimulate the necessary discussion!

Douglas Murray Interviewed at the Jewish Book Week

 

Slovenia to hold early parliamentary election

Slovenian President Borut Pahor has announced an early date for a parliamentary election. The political crisis has deepened in the country since PM Miro Cerar resigned over a court ruling against a key railway project.

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